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Hunting Wild Game

  • Game Notes for tonight.

    • Frank Bouillon will be in the lineup, but as a forward.
    • This makes sense to test his knee first. In the event he can’t go, the Habs don’t go down a defenseman and get forced to give more ice time to someone else.

    • Tomas Plekanec is getting a second chance to play with Kovalev and Samsonov.
    • Same story with Kovalev. He’s doing ‘okay’ but okay is just not good enough. With so much raw natural talent the expectations on him are always sky high. He needs to be producing more and they are running out of places to put him.

      Same thing for Plekanec, there is a very talented hockey player buried under that ever present blue Habs turtleneck he sports. Time to break out.

    Should be a very fast paced game.

20 Comments
  1. Such a shame i’m gunna miss it :(

    So glad to see the B-Man back. How is Higgins getting on? back in time for Christmas? And i assume Huet between the pipes?

    BTW if your interested, the Ashes between England and Austrailia starts tonight. Thats Cricket for the uneducated :)

  2. GO Habs, I was starting to get withdrawal.

  3. Don’t get me wrong,I love watching Kovalev play with the puck. He is one of the best stickhandlers I have ever seen. However, it never seem to amount to anything. If you look at his lifelong stats his best years were when he was playing with Lmieux in Pittsburgh. Since then his stats are average. I don’t beleive he will ever again score 30 goals or become the teamleader that we are all expecting him to be. H isn’t getting any younger. I like the chemistry on this team,however, the major problem has been the second line. Perhaps he should be trade bait. Comments.

  4. Kovalev mentionned last season that during an 82 game season, it was normal for players not to be able to give their 100% every game. He just said out loud what every player thinks. Is it right? Probably not with their salary but at the end of the day, they are still human beings

  5. Yah, but Kovy dosen’t give 100% in 72 out of the 82 games they play. The Wild are on a slide and the Habs need to take advantage. Fernandez has gone cold and Gaborik is out. If the Habs start fast and find their legs early, they should be fine, if they don’t they could be in some trouble.

  6. Hab’ should win tonight….maybe 4-2 as the Wild have some key personnel out. Hopefully Plekanecs will have better luck on his second time around with Sammy and Kovalev. By the way ROFL 1967…I do understand cricket as I had the privalege of living six year’s in Australia back in the late 70′s and early 80′s. In fact I was in Melbourne when the centenary match for the ashes was played and Australia won….”Carn the Aussies”.

  7. Remember at the beginning of the season we all thought Pleks was the reason for the lack of production on that line. NOw he sounds like a great fit between the two russians. The funny thing is Kosty actually looked pretty good but it amounted to 0 points on his part. Maybe that line is jinxed?

  8. #8 Jack Tornton says:
    November 22, 2006 at 7:47 pm

    true….Snake:

    I TOTALLY agree with you. You are the only person here that said Koststyn played well and it is absolutely true. If a player does not score it does not mean he is not a greta player. Kostistyn played like a well-developed player.

  9. #9 Thunder63 says:
    November 22, 2006 at 8:52 pm

    has anyone heard how long Gaborik is out for sounds like e is not even skating with the team yet

  10. #10 Habs#1 says:
    November 22, 2006 at 8:55 pm

    Gaborik may be out till late December, early January. His groin injury is a recurring one and they’ve said they’re not going to rush it.

  11. WuuuuJuuuuuu.. WE WON!!
    Anybody like Kung-fu fighting?! ….
    WOO JOO WOO WOOO JOOO
    time to get drunk!!!

  12. #12 Thunder63 says:
    November 22, 2006 at 11:11 pm

    thanks habs#1,
    hey riser8 anymore predictions for the next game lol

  13. #13 fanatic1 says:
    November 22, 2006 at 11:28 pm

    Even tho we won the game,why do we have to make it so difficult for ourselves? We were up 2-0, after the first period, and then the habs decided to stop playing first the entire 2nd period. So the end result, is that the wild tied the score. why can’t the habs play 60 MINUTES OF HOCKEY? they never do!Are they trying to imitate Kovalev? It’s always a nail biter as a result.The habs don’t seem to have that KILLER INSTINCT!They just aren’t able to put teams away. That’s why all their games are so close. It would be nice for a change to win a game by 3 or 4 goals, instead of waiting until the final minute to know the end result. I think they were lucky tonight,but if they play this way on Friday, in Buffalo-DEFEAT!

  14. #14 Jack Tornton says:
    November 22, 2006 at 11:53 pm

    Fanatic1:

    What do you mean by the habs should dominating over all 3 periods? If today we dominated over 2 periods, then Minnesota only dominated over 1!
    End result: Habs= +1—-Minnesota= -1
    Sounds better now?????

  15. #15 fanatic1 says:
    November 23, 2006 at 12:22 am

    no! we need to play for 60 minutes, and not take off for 1 period. listen to Radek Bonk’s comments, following the game. He reitterated exactly what I said. We almost lost the game because the habs decided not to play the entire 2nd period. If we play this way against better offensive teams, we’re going to lose.

  16. Great job by Plekanec tonight, him and Higgins are my favorite Habs much better game.
    He didn’t give a crap about Kovalev or Samsonov he just played his game.
    If he keeps shooting like that they’ll start going in.

    What can I say Bonk, Bonk Bonk you’ve become one hell of an asset.
    Gotta be the best 3rd line in hockey.

  17. #17 HaBs4EveR says:
    November 23, 2006 at 1:45 am

    Hey Kovalev played well tonight. Got a goal and an assist right? Maybe he’s starting to get back in shape!

    Go Habs Go

  18. Great result…I didn’t get to watch the game but by the sounds of things, there are still things to improve. The unfortunate part is that intensity and effort are controlled by the players. They earn their paycheck and the fans support when they do both. The win is usually a bonus (but not a guarantee). Afterall, we had St. Patrick steal games so their is that possibility that someone (and there have been many over the years that seem to want to excel vs the Habs and shine (Brodeur and almost any rookie goalie)). The difference being that we gave it our all and lost versus not showing up or playing shinny or going out for a skate. When they pay the price and lose then it’s alright as we know the odds are better for us to win…and in the playoffs that’s what’s needed to move to the next round (good goaltending and a little luck too). Buffalo beat Toronto and we get them next. Coaches have to prepare them to skate and hit (& not take foolish penalties) rather force them to do exactly that and then the Habs have to score on the PP. Hope for the energetic team to show up….

    By the way, does anyone have a comment on the play of Bouillon as a forward.

    Go Habs Go!

  19. Wouldn’t it be neat to have Koivu’s brother on the team?

  20. TO SAM:

    Your message was sooooo long and dull I could not finish it. Please dont write so much garbage. That was a bunch of mumble and none of us should have to read that. What was all that about St. Patrick. Its been 11 years since he was gone. fORGET ABOUT HIM, HE IS RETITED.

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